Re: MBs and the Handicapped Scout
Rob Morley (rmorley@STATE.MA.US)
Tue, 1 Aug 1995 12:05:06 EDT
>Among the Scouts I am currently counseling for an MB is one who does not
>appear to have the mental ability to comprehend some of the material.
>His ASMs seem to share this view although none come out and admit it.
I dont mean to be a jerk about it, but I would stick to the requirements of
the merit badge. Unless there is documented medical proof that a disability
exists, then do you have the right to alter MB requirements for this
particular scout? How do you know that the scout is incapable of doing the
work. Is it possible that it will just take a little longer to complete the
requirement? Do we have the right to alter the requirements, in any
cirucmstance. I thought that National BSA had some guidelines in place for
scout with disabilities.
I would be concerned about making special consessions for this scout. Will
this open a window to allow the scout to earn other merit abdges, including
eagle Required merit badges, with modified requirements?
What do the parents feel about this whole situation?
Yours In Scouting,
Old Colony Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City